More and more e-mountain bikes are appearing on trails. You’ve probably seen them whiz past you with seemingly no effort as you climb. So what do these e-MTB riders know that you don’t? Here are five reasons why you’re seeing more and more riders take to the trails on electric mountain bikes.
Ok, we know. It looks like cheating. Especially if the eMTB riders are leaving you in the dust. But the reality is, eMTB riders are working just as hard as conventional riders.
A study by researchers at BYU compared the heart rates of experienced riders after 6-miles on an eMTB compared to a conventional bike and found that eMTB riders got just as much of a workout.
There was a very small difference in riders’ bpm: conventional mountain bikes resulted in an increase of 10 bpm. Even with that small difference, researchers found that both bikes got their heart rates into the upper part of the vigorous-intensity heart rate zone (70-85% MHR).
The same study revealed that, even though the eMTB got riders’ heart rates up the same as a conventional MTB, it didn’t feel like they were working hard on the e-mountain bikes. eMTB riders had a lower perceived exertion. In other words, the eMTB just didn’t feel like as much work!
A vigorous-intensity workout that doesn’t feel like hard work — that alone should send you scouting for the perfect eMTB immediately.
Riding an eMTB can help you cover more distance in less time. Sure, you can use that speed to smoke the other riders on the trail, if that’s your sort of thing. But we think this benefit can be used in other ways. Like knocking out a ride after work that you typically wouldn’t tackle until the weekend.
The same speed that allows you to shave time off your ride can also help you increase your distance. eMTB riders can go further and farther into the backcountry with the assistance of an eMTB motor. That mountain ridge or peak you always wanted to reach? It’s finally yours.
Taking a shuttle has its benefits. And its drawbacks. You’re either paying for a shuttle, juggling vehicles at the top and bottom or bringing a dedicated driver or making someone sit one out.
eMTBs can eliminate a lot of the shuttle hassles and ensure everyone gets a chance to ride. An eMTB can get you to the top nearly as quickly as a shuttle. Both a vehicle and an eMTB use a motor to help you climb to the top. Why not save the gas (and the planet) and choose a mountain bike that allows you to self-shuttle?
Mountain bike enthusiasts may not have been as quick to embrace electric bikes as other cycling communities. But there’s definitely room on the trails for both types of mountain bikes. And once you’ve experienced the trails on an eMTB, you’ll see for yourself the incredible reasons why you’re seeing more and more eMTBs on your favorite trails and bike parks.
Want to see what types of e-mountain bikes are available? Head on over to our Downtown Roseville Showroom and let our knowledgeable ebike staff at Roseville Cyclery help you find the perfect eMTB for you.